Emily, I am so sorry that you are having such a tough time. It sounds as if
you need to see a cardiologist for an adjustment of the medications. I am
new to heart problems so cannot give you any pointers, so sorry, except, I
am wondering about the potassium your pappu is on, it can really do a number
on the heart when it is overdosed. You want midrange value in blood work
around 4.5 and make sure the sample was not hemolyzed, which can falsely
increase the potassium reading- to top of the range values.
At the bottom of the blood chemistry labs usually indicates and to which
degree the blood sample was compromised by hemolyzation. 1+ they usually say
not significant but with potassium that can already make a critical
The Camuti Center for Feline Health at Cornell s Vet school has a very good
and inexpensive consultation service which many of us have used to firm up
protocols when we were in doubt and their very good and spot on advice
certainly helped me twice to save one of my kitties.
The Camuti Consultation Service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays from 10AM to 12PM and from 2PM to 4PM ET (excluding holidays)
You can fax them ( 607) 253-3419 your Kitty¹s history and your questions,
and the secretary will call you back and you can ask for that day or another
day, each vet there serves only one day a week.
The charge is $ 55 and you get as much time as is needed to ask all the
questions and discuss the case when the vet calls you back. I always
request a certain day or time and they accommodate if possible.
Their roster changes, except that Dr. Mia Slotnick and Dr. Maza both many
years in practice seem to always be there and to which extent they have a
cardiologist available I don¹t know. You can expect that they know more
than most of us on this list and can help you in this tight spot.
It saves the vet time and he/she will be better prepared with a faxed
history and all bloodwork, U/S report and so on in hand.
I hope that you can get some help by this morning.
All my best wished and some tender skritches for your Pappu
Erika with Sammy and JayDee.
on 10/21/13 24:11 , Emily Nair at nair_paulem@...
> My 5 year old cat, Pappu was recently diagnosed with heart failure. After an
> ultrasound and ECG, the vet said that her valves were not functioning well,
> her left ventricle had thickened and most importantly she had arrythimia - the
> electrical impulse was not working properly and she faints when there is
> insufficient oxygen reaching her brain. She was put on Fortekor 5 (1/2 tab) a
> day and diuretic, pottassium sparring (1/2 a tab). She needs to take 1/4 tab
> of seizure med twice a day as well. I see no improvement - in fact her
> fainting spells are getting worse. She can't even pee without falling over. It
> happened 3 times this morning! She basically falls over and drools with a
> fixed stare - usually for a couple of minutes and then sort of gets up and
> grooms herself. This is so stressful!! pls help me....what can I do!
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